Degrees and Programs

Health Science

Why study Health Science at BenU Mesa?

If you are interested in a health-related career and want a challengin yet flexible academic preparation, you may choose to major in Health Science at Benedictine University Mesa. Our program prepares you for further study toward careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical or occupational therapy, podiatry, veterinary medicine and other healthrelated professions. Benedictine University Mesa has a close working relationship with many outstnding medical facilities in the Phoenix area and with many individual professionals who supervise our students in unique practical observation experience. Our program is recognized by many area professional schools as providing excellent preparation for success.

What comprises the major in Health Science?

  • Introductory Biology - Principles of Organismal Biology (3 semester credit hours) and Principles of Biology and Lab (4 semester credit hours).
  • Chemistry - 16 semester credit hours: four courses in General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry with labs.
  • Biochemistry - 3 semester credit hours (Principles of Biochemistry or Biochemistry)
  • Physics - 8 semester credit hours: two courses in college Physics with Lab or University Physics with Lab.
  • Math - at least 3 semester credit hours: College Trigonometry or proficiency in a higher mathematics course. Note: some health professional programs may require calculus.
  • Health Science Core: (22 semester credit hours) - Microbiology, Genetics, Anatomy, Human Physiology, Biostatistics, Cell Biology and a writing-intensive seminar course.
  • Science Electives: 10 semester credit hours of advanced science (200 level or above); at least 5 semester credit hours must be at the 300 level.
  • Health Science Practicum - A 2 semester credit-hour clinical experience in physical or occupational therapy, dentistry, podiatry, veterinary medicine, optometry or medicine is available as an elective.

How does the program work?

  1. Excellent academic preparation through biology and cognate math and science coursework prepares you with both the science knowledge and the higher-level thinking skills to succeed in a health care center.
  2. Practicum: Clinical experience for credit in at least one health science specialty is offered to students in the Health Science major. Tis course gives students the opportunity to observe professionals in the field, leading to a better understanding of the rewards and challenges found in your chosen health care profession.
  3. Advising: You will consult with advisors in both basic science and clinical fields regarding academic preparation and application to professional schools. Our director of Pre-Professional Health Programs and the Health Science Recommendation Committee, the latter comprised of faculty members who have intimate knowledge of the academic subject matter and the qualifications necessary to be successful in a health-related career, will help guide your path.

"During my first year at Loyola's medical school, I realized how prepared I was compared to other students in the program. I was way ahead because Benedictine's pre-med program I so far ahead of many others. I heard Benedictine's pre-med program was good, but I didn't realize how good until I went to medical school.”

- Jim Sostak, C01

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Upcoming Events

M.B.A. Online Information Session Mesa
Mesa Branch Campus
6:00 PM
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M.B.A. Online Information Session Mesa

Date: February 20

Time: 6:00 PM

Campus: Mesa,Region - Arizona

Location: Online - RSVP for Instructions

Contact: Amy Drew

Freshman Fridays
Mesa Branch Campus
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Freshman Fridays

Date: February 23

Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Campus: Mesa

Location: Benedictine University Mesa

Contact: Alan Daniels    (602) 888-5504

Event Description:

Experience BenU Mesa First-Hand.

Chat with a faculty member for your major. Get a financial aid assessment tailored to your needs. Meet other students. Check out beautiful downtown Mesa. 

Every Friday, we make time to meet with students like you who are preparing for their college experience. Schedule your visit today and find out more about what makes BenU Mesa a place where you can grow as a person while you prepare to lead in your career.

What to expect during your visit:

  • A campus tour given by one of our current students
  • The opportunity to meet the faculty and Student Life staff who help to make the BenU Mesa experience unique
  • An individual meeting with your Admissions Counselor to discuss your goals and plans, including:
    • Your college major and developing your future career
    • Financial aid and scholarships available to you
    • Student activities and athletics to pursue your interests
    • Campus ministry and service work at BenU Mesa

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Masters of Tomorrow Exhibition
Mesa Branch Campus
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Masters of Tomorrow Exhibition

Date: February 24

Time: All Day

Campus: Mesa

Location: Benedictine University Mesa

Contact: Michael Tole    (480) 878-6708

Event Description:


  • To give young Arizona artists an opportunity to exhibit their artwork to the public.
  • To help make a college education affordable for young Arizona artists.

Why Apply?

  • Exhibit your artwork in a selective professionally juried show.
  • Win a scholarship to Benedictine University Mesa.
  • Gain prestige by having you work added to the permanent collection of a major university museum.

Three jurors will select a maximum of 100 works for the Masters of Tomorrow Exhibition at Benedictine University Mesa. From those 100 finalists, jurors will then select the prize winners.


All high school and community college students who currently reside in Arizona.


  • High School -- Fine Art & Graphic Design
  • Community College -- Fine Art & Graphic Design


Each student may submit up to three original works of art in any media. Specify art or design.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: Midnight, Feb. 3, 2018
  • Finalists Announced: Feb. 9, 2018
  • Deliver Artwork: Feb. 16-17, 2018
  • Opening Reception: 3-5pm, Feb. 24, 2018
  • Exhibition: Feb. 24 - March 9, 2018
  • Pick-Up Artwork: 8-5pm, March 9-10


Best Fine Art Work: 50% tuition scholarship to Benedictine University Mesa.

Best Graphic Design Work: 50% tuition scholarship to Benedictine University Mesa.

2nd Prize, High School: $500 cash prize, and artwork will be accepted into the permanent collection of the Benedictine University Art Museum.

2nd Prize, Community College: $500 cash prize, and artwork will be accepted into the permanent collection of the Benedictine University Art Museum.

Last day to withdraw from Online Session 3 classes
Mesa Branch Campus
Event Details

Last day to withdraw from Online Session 3 classes

Date: February 25

Time: All Day

Campus: Mesa

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